PORT MURRAY – New Jersey State Assemblyman Eric Peterson (R-District 23) once again demonstrated his support of the Tourette Syndrome community by visiting the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ (NJCTS) 9th annual Family Retreat Weekend on June 8 at YMCA Camp Bernie.
The Assemblyman attended the “Family Dynamics: The Impact of Special Kids on Marriage & Siblings” workshop presented by Drs. Gayle Forman and Lisa Cox, toured the camp with NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice and spoke with several of the TS families attending the weekend.
“NJCTS continues to be a national model for research, support and collaboration,” Assemblyman Peterson said. “I am particularly impressed by the support NJCTS provides to families and was pleased to participate in their Family Retreat Weekend.”
The retreat provides peer-driven confidence building, family education and socialization, allowing children affected by TS to develop a greater sense of belonging, new coping strategies and a boost of self-esteem.
“We are honored that Assemblyman Peterson took the time to spend part of his Saturday with the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and our families at the NJCTS Family Retreat Weekend,” Rice said. “With support from our legislators and Governor Christie, we can continue to provide critical services to the 1 in 100 New Jersey children affected by TS.”